Environmental Investigations in Progress

Environmental Investigations in Progress

Saunders Park Asbestos Update

10 May 2019

Penrith City Council recently conducted an environmental investigation at Saunders Park, St Clair. The investigations undertaken revealed that areas of the site were impacted by asbestos containing material. All of the material was situated underground and air monitoring undertaken during the investigations showed that there was no risk to the public.

Under the advice of a SafeWork NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessor, Council has implemented suitable controls on the site including barricades, geofabric covers and appropriate signage. Additionally, the site will be regularly monitored by Council Officers to ensure that the risk to the public does not change.

Council is now in the process of finalising treatment and management strategies for the site. As this work continues, all NSW Environment Protection Authority and SafeWork NSW requirements will be met and all appropriate controls will be implemented to ensure ongoing public safety.

Penrith City Council takes every asbestos incident seriously. The safety of residents and appropriate remediation of materials is our priority.

Thank you for your understanding and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4732 8014.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Estreich 
Divisional Risk and Compliance Coordinator 
City Assets

Steamroller Park Update

10 May 2019

Since June this year Council has been keeping residents informed on progress at Steamroller Park after asbestos containing material was found in the Park.

As outlined previously, environmental investigations revealed that areas of the site were impacted by small quantities of non-friable (bonded) asbestos, but all of the material was situated underground and therefore did not pose an immediate risk to users.

Remediation of the asbestos issues and playground works are now set to commence in late May. As part of the remediation of the site, Council has taken the opportunity to improve the amenity of the park by adding additional play areas and increasing landscaping and tree planting on the site.

Please see below for an indicative plan outlining the playground and park upgrades.

steamroller park map

Kokoda Park, St Marys and Saunders Park, St Clair

25 March 2019

Penrith City Council has implemented a proactive response to suspected non-friable asbestos fragments that have been found within both Kokoda Park, St Marys and Saunders Park, St Clair recently. This will see Council will undertake a series of investigations over the coming weeks.

When Council staff discovered the suspected asbestos they immediately implemented strict procedures to make the areas safe. The material was removed at both parks by a licensed asbestos contractor and an independent hygienist subsequently inspected the site and issued a clearance certificate.

Non-friable asbestos in good condition does not pose a health risk as the asbestos fibres are bound together, however, Council views any asbestos contamination as a serious matter. 

As the suspected asbestos has now been removed, and with the sites continuing to be regularly monitored by Council staff, there is no risk to the community or our workers.

However, it is considered appropriate to undertake these investigations to ensure the long-term safety of the site for all park users and Council workers.

More detail on the scope of the investigations and the dates the work will be undertaken can be found below:  

Kokoda Park - 29 April, 2019

The asbestos concerns at Kokoda Park relate to ongoing non-friable asbestos fragments being found around the site. The sub-surface investigations will target key hot spot areas within the park and 35 test pits will be sampled on the one day.

During the investigations parts of the park will be temporarily barricaded and these barricades will be moved around as the consultants move around the site. Additionally, Council’s Asbestos Project Officer will be on site for the duration of the day to assist with any enquiries from the public.

Hickeys Lane, Penrith

Environmental Investigations are also planned for the open space area between Hickey’s Lane and Hillcrest Ave, North Penrith. This area was used an old storage and disposal area for Council operations in the 1990’s. 

In late 1990’s the site did receive some remediation treatments including site capping. It is important to note that the site does not currently pose a risk to users, however, to ensure the long-term safety of the site for all park users and Council workers, a detailed environmental investigation is being undertaken. The investigation is due to commence on the 6 May 2019 and will take approximately four weeks to complete.

These investigations will include the collection of soil, groundwater and gas data as well as an assessment of the embankment along the western side of the site.

Suitable fencing and signage will remain in place at both parks and at Hickeys Lane during the investigations and all adjacent residents and relevant stakeholders will be informed prior to the commencement of the investigations.

Penrith City Council takes every asbestos incident seriously. The safety of residents and secure removal of materials is our number one priority.

Thank you for your understanding and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4732 8014.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Estreich 
Divisional Risk and Compliance Coordinator 
City Assets

Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith

21 January 2019

Possible Asbestos material at Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith.

In October, 2018 Council staff discovered materials on the ground surface at Eileen Cammack Reserve, Evan Street, Penrith. Our staff treated this material as suspected asbestos containing material (ACM) and immediately implemented strict procedures to make the area safe.

At the time, a temporary webbing fence and signage was erected and Council engaged the services of licensed asbestos contractor to remove any ACM identified on the site. In turn, Council also engaged a licensed asbestos assessor who attended the reserve and subsequently provided a clearance certificate for the reserve the next day. 

However, in the interests of public safety, Council decided to engage a qualified consultant to undertake further investigations across the entire site to get a better understanding of any potential concerns that may exist. This proactive step was seen as the best approach to ensure the long term safety of the site for all users and Council workers.  

These investigations did not reveal any sub-surface concerns in relation to asbestos with only a small amount of non-friable (bonded) asbestos being identified on the ground surface in the southern section of the reserve. 

Bonded asbestos in good condition does not pose a health risk as the asbestos fibres are bound together, however, Council views any asbestos contamination as a serious matter. 

This area was secured and stripped of the topsoil by a licensed asbestos contractor to an approximate depth of 100mm to ensure any remaining asbestos fragments were removed. Unfortunately, this exercise has taken longer than first anticipated due to the large number of severe thunderstorms we have had in recent times. 

In addition, SafeWork NSW has also been kept informed our of progress of the matter and have outlined that they are satisfied with the action taken by Council. 

I am pleased to be able to report that on Friday 18 January a clearance certificate was issued for Eileen Cammack Reserve declaring the reserve safe for use by the community. Now that the remediation works have been successfully completed the fencing will be removed shortly. 

Penrith City Council takes every asbestos incident seriously. The safety of residents and secure removal of materials is our number one priority.  

Thank you for your understanding and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4732 8014.

Yours sincerely,  

Adrian Estreich 
Divisional Risk and Compliance Coordinator 
City Assets